Yukiyoshi Sagawa’s Aiki, a true portrait of Transparent Power – Interview with Tatsuo Kimura Part 2

Yukiyoshi Sagawa demonstrates Aiki-age

Yukiyoshi Sagawa demonstrates Aiki-age on Tatsuo Kimura while on a train in 1987 Yukiyoshi Sagawa was a contemporary of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and a fellow student under Daito-ryu Chuku-no-so Sokaku Takeda. He often accompanied Takeda Sensei in his travels around Japan, and received his Kyoju Dairi (assistant instructor’s license) from Sokaku Takeda in 1932 … Continue reading Yukiyoshi Sagawa’s Aiki, a true portrait of Transparent Power – Interview with Tatsuo Kimura Part 2 »

Yukiyoshi Sagawa’s Aiki, a true portrait of Transparent Power – Interview with Tatsuo Kimura Part 1

Tatsuo Kimura - Aiki-age

Tatsuo Kimura demonstrates Aiki-age Stretching his right hand upward, Morihei Sensei said, “Those who practice Aiki should understand the heart of faraway America.” I immediately thought to myself, “Please come and throw me,” expecting that Morihei Sensei would read my thoughts. Of course, this was merely something I thought in my own mind. However, at that … Continue reading Yukiyoshi Sagawa’s Aiki, a true portrait of Transparent Power – Interview with Tatsuo Kimura Part 1 »

Tokimune Takeda – Aiki Kuden and Hiden

Daitokan Dojo-kun

“Daito-ryu Aiki-Budo Shugyo-kun (“training rules”)” Posted in the Daitokan dojo of Tokimune Takeda The training rules at Tokimune Takeda’s Daitokan dojo: The Dojo is a place of the spirit, we begin with courtesy and end with courtesy. The Way becomes profound, single-mindedly condition and train yourself – never give up. Pride is the beginning of inattention, … Continue reading Tokimune Takeda – Aiki Kuden and Hiden »

Solo Training for Kokyu-ryoku and Ki in Daito-ryu Aiki Budo

Daito-ryu Aiki Budo 118 Techniques

Daito-ryu Aiki Budo 118 Techniques (大東流合気武道百十八ヶ条) by Yoshihisa Ishibashi (石橋義久) Yoshihisa Ishibashi (石橋義久) was born in Tokyo in 1938 and started training in Daito Ryu at the Daitokan dojo in 1964, learning Aiki Budo and Ono Ha Itto Ryu Kenjutsu directly from Sokaku Takeda’s son Tokimune Takeda. In 1969, together with Yoshimi Tomabechi (苫米地芳見) and Katsuyuki Kondo (近藤勝之), he … Continue reading Solo Training for Kokyu-ryoku and Ki in Daito-ryu Aiki Budo »

Interview with Yoshio Sugino of Katori Shinto-ryu, 1961

Yoshio Sugino and Toshiro Mifune

  Director Akira Kurosawa observes Yoshio Sugino and Toshiro Mifune on the set of “Yojimbo”, around 1961 Sometimes called “the Last Swordsman”, Yoshio Sugino (杉野嘉男 / 1904–1998) began his martial arts training in Kodokan Judo around 1918. Becoming dissatisfied with Judo he began to train in traditional Yoshin Koryu jujutsu. Around the same time, in 1927, he also … Continue reading Interview with Yoshio Sugino of Katori Shinto-ryu, 1961 »